This week, the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) named 175 leaders of academic invention to NAI Fellow status. Thirteen National Academy of Medicine (NAM) members were among this list of distinguished innovators. Election to the NAI Fellows program is one of the highest professional distinctions accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in “creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society.” NAM members elected to the NAI Fellows program this year include:

Riccardo Dalla-Favera, MD
Richard L. Ehman, MD
Ronald Evan, PhD
Stanley Falkow, PhD
Linda Giudice, MD, PhD
Mark Humayun, MD, PhD
Edward Merrill, ScD
Paul L. Modrich, PhD
David J. Mooney, PhD
Harold L. Moses, MD
Marc T. Tessier-Lavigne, PhD
Ralph Weissleder, MD, PhD
Warren M. Zapol, MD

NAI Fellows are elected by a Selection Committee comprised of NAI Fellows, recipients of U.S. National Medals, National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees, members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and senior officials from the USPTO, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Association of American Universities, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Association of University Technology Managers, and National Inventors Hall of Fame, among other organizations.

This year’s recipients will be inducted on April 6, 2017 at NAI’s Sixth Annual Conference at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.

For more information and to see the complete list of 2016 NAI Fellows, please visit

nai-for-news-itemThe National Academy of Inventors is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 3,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 240 institutions, and growing rapidly. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. The NAI publishes the multidisciplinary journal, Technology and Innovation, Journal of the National Academy of Inventors.

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